Community Development Initiative
This program focuses on raising awareness and education regarding the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
The CDI staff engage in activities that organize communities of color into coalitions that respond
to identified needs.
How We Help
The program staff is charged with educating community leaders and providing outreach to
social service agencies, medical providers,
religious institutions, government, private corporations, schools, colleges and community
based organizations to enlist their support in addressing HIV/AIDS issues. Referrals to drug treatment, legal needs, family planning, etc. are provided by the program as well as harm reduction information.
More than 1.1 million people in the U.S. are living with HIV today, and 1 in 7 of them don’t know it.
An estimated 37,600 Americans became newly infected with HIV in 2014.
From 2008 to 2014, the estimated number of annual HIV infections in the U.S. declined 18%.
Gay and bisexual men, particularly young African American gay and bisexual men, are most affected.
Southern states bear the greatest burden of HIV, accounting for 50% of new infections in 2014.
In the jurisdictions where they could be estimated, annual infections in all states decreased or remained stable from 2008-2014.